Welcome and Namaste 🙂
Today is day two of our meditation challenge, I'm so happy you are here. We are exploring another one of the main skills that is cultivated in a meditation practice today: CLARITY.
Clarity is another one of those umbrella terms for skills that are learned through a variety of traditions that I learned from one of my dear friends and teachers Jeff Warren. Jeff comes and leads meditation workshops at our retreats in Costa Rica and in our Yoga Teacher Trainings. His teachings are accessible and simplified in the most beautiful ways.
One of the ways to explore clarity, is to simply become aware of when you're aware. When we begin to notice awareness itself, this pure awareness begins to come more into the foreground. The more we practice simply noticing when we are present, and focus on the qualities of awareness itself, we start to notice that this awareness has a quality of stillness, richness, fullness to it.
Know that the mind will wander, as it does.
Experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. That's an average of 2,500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour. That's incredible. Other experts estimate a smaller number, of 50,000 thoughts per day, which is still over 2,000 thoughts per hour.
This is what the mind is made to do.
However, it can also focus on this sense of spacious awareness and drop into stillness, which is a really great thing to learn to do. This slows the momentum of thoughts and allows us to be more discerning about which thoughts are helpful or hurtful.
Today we are going to explore this concept in a really light-hearted and easeful way. I'm going to guide a practice that will include some pranayama that helps the mind to "purify" or "neutralize" of momentum of thoughts. Then, invite you to sense that already happening awareness that's always available when the mind slows down! Allowing yourself to bask in "the light of awareness" as one of my teachers Tara Brach would say.
Making the practice accessible is about finding ways to make it ENJOYABLE, easeful and liberating. So allow yourself to have fun with the process!
Please let me know in the comments below, what are your thoughts on this skill of Clarity? Cultivating that sense of "Pure Awareness". Is this something that naturally arises in your days? Or is it a new skill that you are working to cultivate?
I'd love to hear a reflection of how the practice made you feel! Just scroll all the way down to the comments to leave your reflection!
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